Bubbles & Brunch: Cibo Wine Bar

For $35 per person, Cibo Wine Bar serves up Bubbles & Brunch every Sunday featuring an all-you-can eat extravaganza of Italian goodies and a glass of prosecco or mimosa. With locations near King & Spadina in Toronto and Coral Gables in Miami, Cibo offers traditional Italian food in a relaxed, yet stylish atmosphere featuring huge windows, exposed brick, and lots of wood. This review focuses on the Toronto location.

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The buffet style brunch offers the following stations which ensure it is impossible to go hungry at Cibo:

  • breakfast area with made to order omelettes, bacon, sausages, and potatoes
  • seafood area with mussels, calamari salad, smoked salmon, and green salads (all served cold)
  • an assortment of appetizers including breads, meats, cheese, rice balls, and polenta fries
  • made to order pasta and pizza stations
  • roast pork station
  • a wide variety of desserts including tiramisu, cannolis, cheesecakes, fruit salad, etc.
Seafood station, including ramekins of smoked salmon and cream cheese

Seafood station, including ramekins of smoked salmon and cream cheese

Selection of breads, cheese, and spreads

Selection of breads, cheese, and spreads

Made to order pizza station with lots of ingredients

Made to order pizza station with lots of fresh ingredients

The finishing touch on the pizza is olive oil around the edges

The finishing touch on the pizza is olive oil around the edges

Rice balls and polenta fries with sauces

Rice balls and polenta fries with sauces

A lovely piece of roast pork

A lovely piece of roast pork

As you can see, the variety here is fantastic, making this a great place for groups or special occasions.  It helps that they take reservations, which is still a rarity in the Toronto brunch scene.  My favourite items were the pizza, tiramisu, smoked salmon and rice balls – delicious!  In terms of improvements, the pasta station moves very slowly.  This could be alleviated by having an extra person for preparation or simply displaying the ingredients or a sign outlining what types of pastas are available.  This would prevent every person needing to ask the same question over and over again.

If you are planning a visit, keep an eye on Living Social which often seems to have specials at $35 for TWO people, making this an amazing deal (tax, tip, coffee/tea not included).  Otherwise, at $35 per person, this is a slightly pricey indulgence but makes for a nice leisurely lunch outing with family or friends.  One more note, if you are visiting the Miami outpost of Cibo, keep in mind that your $35 brunch includes bottomless prosecco!  Now that’s a deal.

Have you been to Cibo Wine Bar in Toronto or Miami?  How was your experience?

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4 thoughts on “Bubbles & Brunch: Cibo Wine Bar

    • Haha, prosseco and mimosas usually seal the deal for me too! Let me know what you think if you go, especially about value for money. I thought it was totally reasonable but my “frugal” b/f thought it was pricey. I’ll be curious about your take. Enjoy!

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